Gas Process Experimentalist - Zero Carbon Fuels

Date: 6 Jun 2024

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU Perth, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

  • ​​Contribute to the advancement of research and technology within the Gas Process Engineering Team
  • Play a key role to drive innovation in sustainable energy practices
  • Engage with collaboration partners, industry, government and across the business to advance world-class science delivery



The CSIRO Gas Process Engineering Team is focused on developing decarbonisation solutions for industries and applications which are heavily reliant on carbon-intensive fuels. With a diverse project portfolio spanning H2 utilisation and storage, biofuels, synthetic fuels, low-carbon H2 production, and CO2 utilisation, the team is dedicated to driving innovation in sustainable energy practices.

Harnessing state-of-the-art laboratory facilities at Clayton and Clayton North, the team brings together expertise in catalyst synthesis, H2 combustion, gas process development, material analysis, apparatus design, and specialist equipment fabrication. Recent initiatives have seen the team forge significant external collaborations to advance zero-carbon fuel technologies.

As a Gas Process Experimentalist, you will contribute to the advancement of research and technology within the Gas Process Engineering Team. Your primary responsibilities will involve the development of original and adapted experimental methods, equipment, and software.


If you are passionate about driving innovation in renewable energy and possess a solid background in chemical engineering, we invite you to join us in shaping the future of sustainable energy solutions.

Your duties will include:

  • Undertake apparatus design, construction, testing, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning operations to support various research projects.
  • Collaborate with senior research staff in identifying and defining research and technological problems, offering innovative solutions to meet project objectives.
  • Liaise with clients to understand their needs and ensure their satisfaction, addressing problems promptly and constructively.
  • Participate in project planning, scheduling, and completion, including the evaluation of options, experimental design, data collection, and analysis.
  • Make significant contributions to the interpretation and communication of research or technological results, including drafting presentations and detailed written reports.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary research team to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives.
  • Other duties as directed.


Location: Clayton, VIC preferred, Kensington, WA optional

Salary: AU$93k - AU$105k per annum + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years / Full-time

Reference: 96902

To be considered you will need:



Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Chemical Engineering, with a strong academic foundation in process engineering. 
  • Experience conducting zero carbon fuels experimental research (e.g. H2 utilisation and/or storage, biofuels, synthetic fuels, low-carbon H2 production, and/or CO2 utilisation), with a focus on chemical processes and engineering principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse and optimise chemical engineering processes for efficiency, safety, and sustainability, utilising your expertise in chemical engineering principles.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to collaborate cross-functionally with engineers, scientists, and researchers to leverage collective expertise in achieving project goals.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to apply scientific principles to practical challenges.



  • Proven experience in managing laboratory facilities, including equipment maintenance, inventory management, and safety protocols.
  • Experience performing lab-scale or pilot-scale catalytic processes and/or combustion processes with some background of catalyst characterisation.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents  and Australian Temporary Residents, with an existing valid visa and unrestricted work rights for the duration of the 3 year term, and no requirement for visa sponsorship from CSIRO.


Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible working arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 


CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.


Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications close

 Sunday 7th July 2024 11:00 pm AEST.